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There was no mandate that the gospels should appear in the order they were written once they were gathered into a collection. This is true of the rest of the New Testament as well. The order is the gospel accounts, the history of the early church, the letters of Paul to churches, to people, letters by other apostles, and prophecy. So, there ...


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How many gospels are there in the Roman Catholic Bible? The quantity of gospels are the same in both the Catholic and Protestant Bibles. There are only four, in the same order, at the beginning of the New Testament. Are there only gospels in the New Testament? No, the New Testament contains other books, including: "Acts of the Apostles" (also ...


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Hi and welcome to the site. Thanks for asking questions. You are correct when you write that the New Testament was written ABOUT Jesus. It was not written by him, at least not in the sense that he put pen to paper, or dictated the words. Your quote from Wikipedia, while it may correctly describe Muslim belief, certainly does not describe Christian belief on ...


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Jesus' contemporary followers not only believed in "a god", they had a common understanding of the existence and nature of God, because his mission was to the people of Israel (cf. Jesus answer to the Canaanite woman in Matthew 15:14: "I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel"). This is not to assert that all of Jesus' followers came from the ...


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I can't speak for Catholicism in general, but I can say with confidence that they agree that the traditional titles were a later addition. For instance, the Catholic Encyclopedia says, "The first four historical books of the New Testament are supplied with titles..., which, however ancient, do not go back to the respective authors of those sacred writings." ...


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A gentile is anyone who is a non-Jew. That's the standard definition. So the "non-gentiles" are the Jews. There's really not much more to it than that. As for the relevance: The Jews (Israelites) worshiped the true God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in contrast with the Gentiles, who sought after other gods. Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible ...


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Ultimately, everybody has an agenda. Remember that "history" in the modern almost journalistic sense of the word was not really even a concept at this time. The point was not to convince "scholars" but regular people. So, who then are the contenders as "historians?" Tactitus gave us the first mention of the Christians, and provides external evidence of ...


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This is sort of a combination and customization of several commentaries I perused on the subject, being curious myself. As I am not directly copying any one of them I am not adding individual quotes. The two that most influenced my opinion here is Edersheim and someone called Arthur Sloman. If you read the verses carefully you will notice Luke does not ...


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The primary reason the Gospels hold more gravity is that the authors had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. A historians perspective is often hearsay, where an eyewitness account holds more weight in our court system, it is simply more credible. Few people are willing to die for something that they hope to be true, no one is willing to die for ...


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The custom during the time was that men would prepare and study to become a rabbi. Throughout the New Testament Jesus is referred to as "rabbi" and "teacher" such as in John 3:2 2The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with ...


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If I read this passage in the Book of Exodus correctly, the presence of God was not connected to the Temple, but rather to the Mercy seat, which appears to be the top of the Ark of the Covenant. All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation. Exodus 25:10 through 22And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the ...


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The timeline goes like this: Jesus lives, does things, says things. People hear and see it, and either remember it in their minds, or possibly write it down. Jesus dies, and his disciples start preaching the good news. Books are compiled and written about Jesus' life, actions, and words. Time passes until today, and some of the writings survived (like the ...


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To the best of my knowledge, the only Gospel that explicitly identifies the author is John (John 21:24). Some liberal Christians and non-Christians question the authorship of the Gospels, but most conservative Christians and many non-Christians accept them. The main evidence for this authorship is simply that these people were routinely accepted as the ...


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This is only an indirect answer to part of your question, but I get the feeling that the non-historical part of this apologetic is not being expressed in a satisfying manner, either in your question or in the existing answer. (I just wrote a very long sentence to try and explain it better, but figured that would not help. Let's try by analogy): Today ...


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Transistor I feel you. I think oftentimes the answer is not clear but many Christians take comfort in believing all of their church's teachings and their apologists' arguments are valid. When I ask questions about the premises or certain details which seem to be contradictory I am often told not that the answer isn't really known or that the answerer ...


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Scripture does mention about the life of Jesus between 10 to 30 years. Luke 2:41-51 (NIV) "Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed ...


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In perfect Catholic form, the Catechism of the Catholic Church speaks pretty directly, but somewhat ambiguously if not paradoxically, on interpreting scripture and the Gospels in particular. Firstly, scripture is still "open" for various and new understanding. Still, the Christian faith is not a “religion of the book.” Christianity is the religion of ...


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The Kingdom of God is NOT EXACTLY a place in every parable that has this line. It is the reign or kingship of God, God who rules, rather than a place where God rules. The Parable of the Mustard Seed signifies the kingdom/reign of God's sudden and surprising transformation from its almost invisible beginning to its full grandeur. It's described to be dynamic ...


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Nope, no second obliteration God said this to Noah I will establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all creatures be destroyed by the waters of a flood; there shall not be another flood to devastate the earth. Gen 9:11 Sirach says ita not just a flood, because God didn't make that exceptionally specific. NOAH, found just and ...


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The entire Bible is inspired by God: 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness Jesus was very fluent in reading/writing scripture, yet, He in His own wisdom, thought it fit that his followers write these Gospels after his death. As such Bible ...


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Christians claims that (what's in) the Bible was revealed to men by God. The New Testament was not written (down) by Jesus, but was written about him and what he taught by people who lived during his lifetime and knew him. Christians claim that God can speak to/inspire people through the Holy Spirit, and so the Bible is directly connected to Jesus because it ...


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I'll give you one perpective. According to the following verse: Romans 8:28 (ESV) And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,fn for those who are called according to his purpose. In other words, to the Christian who has grown to love and trust God implicitly, God's hand is in everything in his life, in both good and ...


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I don't claim to know why our Bibles include the Gospels in the order that they do. I'll be interested if somebody else on here has a definitive answer to that question. But why do you suppose they should be included by the order in which they were written? I don't organize the books on my bookshelves by their copyright dates: I group them in ways that seem ...


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The most generic Christian answer to this is quite simple: God did. No human—neither Aquinas nor any other philosopher or theologian—"laid the foundation for the existence of God". God has always existed and the impetus for revealing this truth to men has always been on him. This he has done in spades. Adam, the first man, walked and talked with God in a ...


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My concordance does not record the word luck as in the bible. Do we have an ability to shape our destiny? Yes. We have choice. Deuteronomy 6;21 And the LORD commanded us to do all the statues, to fear the LORD our God, for our good, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day. Proverbs 1;7 The fear of the ...


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The Bible does not have any Scriptures on 'luck' per se , but does have several in which it talks about chance. The difference is that chance according to Webster is: An event that happens, falls out or takes place, without being contrived, intended, expected or foreseen; the effect of an unknown cause, or the unusual or unexpected effect of a ...


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It is true that there is a lot of overlap between three of the four Gospels. The only way I see to get your 90% number is to take the shortest book, Mark, and ask what percentage of verses in that book are similar to verses in other books. That is, about 90% of the material in Mark is also found in Matthew and Luke. But Mark is the shortest, so only about ...


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There is the Infancy Gospel of James which is of interest because of its early date and having been cross referenced earlier on etc http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/text/infancyjames-roberts.html It also fuses or confounds the two Census stories. There was a roman empire Augustus census around 6BC but it excluded Judea that was technically not part ...


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The scriptures containing this statement were written in Greek, by Greek thinking people, and to refer the word Satan to an earlier spoken language distorts both the translation and the interpretation of a memorized meaning. Whatever Jesus said, and whichever language he spoke in, the writers of the scriptures were recalling his words and translating the ...


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The parable is a story form used to convey spiritual truth to those listeners who had “ears to hear”. Others were mystified by the parable. The Master explained the parables to The Twelve, and they passed the explanations on to their disciples. Nothing was written in the Gospels in order to stop Gnostics, and Docetists using these explanations to draw people ...



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